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San Miguel de Allende

Travel Guide
Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel

Visit a small city that captures the imagination with striking-looking architecture, ancient religious buildings and the creative output of talented Mexican artisans.

San Miguel de Allende has cobbled streets, gardens, leafy courtyards and Spanish colonial architecture. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Its star attraction is the compact historic center with centuries-old buildings. Wander through ancient streets, visit beautiful old churches, browse shops for artisanal goods and tap into the thriving art scene.

Start your visit in El Jardin, the central plaza where many residents sit quietly or socialize. On its south side is the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel, a stunning building with neo-Gothic towers. Elsewhere around the square are old colonial buildings and a branch of La Esquina Mexican Folk Toy Museum. Peruse the small collection of handcrafted traditional toys, some of which are available for purchase. Head to the museum's main premises to see the full collection, which has been amassed over a period of over 50 years.

San Miguel is widely known for its artisans and artists. See some of their best works in the galleries and studios of Fabrica La Aurora. This former textile factory has been transformed into a vast art and design center, about a 15-minute walk from the center of town.

Extend your sightseeing to attractions just outside the city. They include El Charco del Ingenio, a botanical garden of Mexican plants, and the Sanctuary of Atotonilco. This is an 18th-century religious complex decorated with vivid frescoes and murals. Travel 7 miles (11 kilometers) from San Miguel to enjoy the indoor and outdoor thermal pools of Escondido Place.

Find more ways to relax when you are a back in San Miguel. Enjoy a stroll and picnic in the green environs of Juarez Park.

Reach San Miguel de Allende by flying into Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, 170 miles (274 kilometers) away or Guanajuato International Airport, 58 miles (94 kilometers) away. Complete your journey from either airport by bus or rental car to enjoy the city’s architecture, culture, history and green spaces.

Where to stay in San Miguel de Allende

Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende
Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende
4 out of 5
Ancha de San Antonio No. 1, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is $67 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
This family-friendly San Miguel de Allende hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Allende Institute, Juarez Park, and Parish ...
4.2/5Excellent! (966 reviews)
"Very friendly staff, very clean. We will love to come back and stay with them again 😊"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Real de Minas San Miguel de Allende
Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort
Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort
5 out of 5
Calzada de la Presa No. 85, Zona Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is $299 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
This family-friendly San Miguel de Allende hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of San Miguel de Allende Public Library, El Jardin, ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (309 reviews)
"Very nice hotel, a bit pricey for the accommodations. But it was a nice stay."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende Urban Resort
Rosewood San Miguel De Allende
Rosewood San Miguel De Allende
5 out of 5
Nemesio Diez 11 Col Centro, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is $356 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
This family-friendly San Miguel de Allende hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Juarez Park, San Miguel de Allende Historical ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (588 reviews)
"Beautiful property, exceptional service and amazing rooms."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Rosewood San Miguel De Allende
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aparthotel San Miguel de Allende
Aparthotel San Miguel de Allende
3.5 out of 5
Lejona 137, San Miguel de Allende, GTO
The price is $80 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated in San Miguel de Allende, this spa apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Malanquin Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Juarez Park and Parish Church ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
Fin de semana relajante en San Miguel de Allende!!
"El departamento es nuevo muy acogedor y bastante amplio, tiene todas las amenidades."

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Aparthotel San Miguel de Allende
Cabañas Los Pocitos
Cabañas Los Pocitos
2.5 out of 5
Cto La noria 303 Fracc Los Pocitos, Celaya, GTO
Situated in Celaya, this villa is within 12 mi (20 km) of Temple of El Carmen, Temple of San Francisco, and Alameda Park. Lasallista Benavente University is ...
1/5 (1 review)
"La atención de Laura muy buena sin embargo la habitación que nos asignaron más bien parecía un calabozo que una habitación de un hotel. La parte mala es que estando vacío el lugar nos dieron una habitación TERRIBLE!"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Cabañas Los Pocitos
Casa Corazón de Plata Suites
Casa Corazón de Plata Suites
3 out of 5
Calle de Enmedio #7 Colonia San Javier, Guanajuato, GTO
The price is $82 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Nopal Mine and Regional Museum of Guanajuato Alhondiga. Alley of the Kiss and Mummies ...
Casa Corazón de Plata Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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